UPDATE: Woman allegedly kills ex-boyfriend trying to break into her home

Published: Dec. 6, 2018 at 9:32 PM EST
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UPDATE 12/7/18 @ 4:45 p.m.

A woman threatened in her home killed her ex-boyfriend trying to break into that home, investigators say.

Scioto County Sheriff's detectives say the body of Michael Bashaw, 34, was found in the backyard by a deputy after she called 911.

Investigators said the woman's only way of contacting the outside world had been cut. Evidence currently points to self-defense, and deputies believe Bashaw could behind several other crimes.

The serenity of the 3700 block of Mackletree Road ended with a shot around 11 a.m. Thursday.

Deputies said Michael Bashaw, of West Portsmouth, came to his ex-girlfriend's home pounding on the front door and pounding on the back door.

"She knew who it was," said Det. Adam Giles.

She said he then started to take the screen off a back window.

With no cell service in this area, her only way to communicate with the outside world, the internet cable was cut.

Investigators say the woman fired her .380-caliber handgun, hitting Bashaw once in the chest and then running to a neighbor's house to call 911.

"She stated he was going to kill her. He actually said that to her," Giles said.

The two broke up at the beginning of the year.

He was convicted of a making a domestic threat in March. There was a protection order issued in July, but it ended in September when neither one of them showed up for a court hearing.

"Most of our violent physical assaults do come from people who know each other, a domestic situation rather than just random violence," Giles said.

Deputies were called to the same home on Tuesday. It looked like someone tried to break in both the front and back doors and also cut the internet cord.

That was fixed Wednesday.

There was also a break-in elsewhere in the neighborhood Tuesday. Bashaw was the suspect for both.

But Thursday, the victim, a woman in her 20s, was home alone while her mother was at work.

"You have the right to defend yourself in your own home,” Giles said. “Absolutely."

No one came to her door Friday.

Deputies aren't sure how Bashaw got there. It's 12 miles from his listed address in West Portsmouth.

They also hope to use his cellphone to track his movements as they investigate further.

The case will be forwarded to the Scioto County Prosecutor when it’s complete.


A man from West Portsmouth died Thursday after being shot during a reported home break-in, the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office says.

The body of Michael Bashaw, 34, was found in the backyard of the home in the 3700 block of Mackletree Road, deputies say. That’s in the Blue Creek area.

A person in the home told deputies they shot at a man trying to break inside.

Investigators say there was a previous connection between Bashaw and the resident. They say Bashaw was convicted in March 2018 of a domestic threat against the resident. There also had been a civil protection order against Bashaw that was terminated in September.

Investigators say the case appears to be self-defense, but the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office will review it.

Bashaw’s body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

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